PGA Commish Does Tiger’s Bidding With “Letter”

Thursday night, Doug Ferguson of the ASSOCIATED PRESS and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem helped Tiger Woods damage control the backlash from PGA Tours pros and Tour sponsor Accenture on the timing of Woods’ “talk” on Friday.

Tim Finchem and Tiger Woods

In a Thursday piece for the AP, Ferguson reported that he “obtained” a letter from Finchem that was apparently sent to something called the, “PGA Tour policy board.

Excerpt of the “letter”:

As we understand it, Tiger’s therapy called for a week’s break at this time during which he has spent a few days with his children and then will make his statement before returning,” Finchem said in a letter Thursday. “Accordingly, there was very little flexibility in the date for the announcement.”

The text of the letter is nothing more than an attempt by the commissioner to quell angry PGA players and this week’s match play tournament sponsor Accenture. Both parties are rightfully upset about Woods grabbing the spotlight right in the middle of the PGA Tour event. In fact some players, like Ernie Els, have expressed outrage. Read more…

Blog-O-Rama: ‘Hawks, Wings To Meet At Wrigley

• The MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE takes it outside, as the Blackhawks and Red Wings will reportedly meet at Wrigley Field next season.

Blackhawks Red Wings

• HOLLYWOOD GRIND churns out a statement from Madonna denying that she’s been bedding or brainwashing A-Rod.

• Meanwhile, HOLLYWOOD ECSTASY spots Reggie Bush & Kim Kardashian spending their 4th of July shopping at her family’s store.

• The DETROIT FREE PRESS hears that Charlie Weis is privately positive that Notre Dame will win 9 to 12 games this year.

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*Athletes*, Pall Malls To Converge At Olympics?

As the Olympics fade from view, at least for many sports-saturated Americans, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has a fantastical idea to bring the formerly great Games back into the stateside spotlight: pro golfers in the Olympics.

John Daly Photos Cigarette

From Finchem’s blog this week: “Since then we have continued to examine the various issues presented by golf being an Olympic sport. While there remain questions to be answered and issues to be resolved, I believe the time is now right to move forward.

Angel Cabrera John Daly Smoking Golfers

We, of course, the Finchem’s plan is a grand idea. Read more…

Report: Golfweek Editor Fired Over Noose Cover

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED reports “one day after PGA Tour executives threatened to pull their advertising because of a racially insensitive cover graphic of a noose, Golfweek magazine has decided to fire its editor and vice president, Dave Seanor.

Golfweek Magazine Caught In A Noose Cover

The noose was apparently to highlight the mag’s coverage of Kelly Tilghman’s “lynch” remark aimed at Tiger Woods. Yesterday we brought you the cover, along with the incensed remarks of PGA Tour President Tim Finchem. And earlier, the original comment made by Tilghman (to a laughing Nick Faldo?).

Golf Mag Drops Noose Over Tilghman Coverage

GOLFWEEK magazine this week responded to the Kelly Tilghman controversy by dropping a noose onto the mag’s cover:

Golfweek Magazine Caught In A Noose Cover

Needless to say, the PGA TOUR ain’t to thrilled with the move. SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY reports that “PGA Tour execs are meeting today with the editors of Golfweek magazine to discuss the cover of this week’s issue, which depicts a noose in reference to Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman’s racially-insensitive comments about Tiger Woods.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem yesterday told USA today that the cover was “outrageous and irresponsible. … It smacks of tabloid journalism.

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